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Old 12-10-2012, 10:10 AM   #16
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This weekend I was able to successfully use "coconut Pete's old t-shirt method"

I was doing the cheap version of DangerMouse's way and just trying to use a plunger on the drain, but it just kept shooting air out of the tub overflow.

For CoconutPete's old t-shirt method you need:

Philips head screw driver
old t-shirt
Plunger


Turn on the water in the tub
Throw the old t-shirt into the tub
Remove the 2 screws from the tub overflow and remove the cover.
Grab the old t-shirt and wring it out.
Shove the old t-shirt into the overflow pipe, effectively plugging it.
Plunge the drain!
Watch in amazement as the drain now works.

At least it worked for me.


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Old 12-10-2012, 10:20 AM   #17
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yeah, that pesky overflow hole needs to be closed off sometimes....
I did the same thing at the old house with a wet towel, (held by the kid while I plunged)

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Old 12-10-2012, 10:32 AM   #18
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If tub drain itself seals tight, use plunger at overflow. Depending on shape of tub wall and over flow cover, you may not have to remove cover. A thick coating of petroleum jelly or plumber's putty on rim of plunger will help seal it. Try to ues plunger as suction device, using it as forcing device can sometimes just push clog farther down pipe where you can't reach it without snake.

And don't forget what you learned in Hi Skool, cherry bombs are amazingly effecient at clearing clogs. If bomb itself doesn't clear clog, burst pipes result in whole crew of plumbers showing up. Also whole crew of janitors with mops.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:38 AM   #19
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I guess thats why the correct name is "Force Pump" not plunger
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:49 AM   #20
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I did the same thing at the old house with a wet towel, (held by the kid while I plunged)
I kept asking my daughter to hold the wet t-shirt, but she just looked at me and giggled. My wife kept saying something about 8 months not being old enough to help with house stuff, but I personally think that's plenty old
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Sewer Wars, The Entire Flow Back, Return of the Plumbers. May the force pump be with you. Yo, da master plumber, "Backed up da terlet is."

Pete, an 8 month old oughta be heavy enough to set on thinks while the glue drys.
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I kept asking my daughter to hold the wet t-shirt, but she just looked at me and giggled. My wife kept saying something about 8 months not being old enough to help with house stuff, but I personally think that's plenty old
If 8 months is old enough to vote, drive and do housework, it's surely old enough to help YOU without all that childish giggling...

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Hmmmmm.... seems like an awfully expensive way to clear a drain!

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Did this go over everyone elses head? Funny.
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Did this go over everyone elses head? Funny.
I thought so too.....

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I kept asking my daughter to hold the wet t-shirt, but she just looked at me and giggled.
Fast forward 18 years and that would sound a lot worse...
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I have poured a half of Joy dish soap and got pretty good results as well. Works great in the toilet

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